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USC LT Edoga ejected after pushing away ref

LOS ANGELES — For the second week in a row, a USC Trojans player has been ejected in the first half after failing to keep his composure following a play.

Left tackle Chuma Edoga was ejected during the Trojans' first series after it appeared he pushed an official, who was attempting to restrain Edoga from chasing after a Utah State Aggies player.

On the play, USC quarterback Max Browne was sacked and Edoga was pushed to the ground after it was over. He first retaliated by throwing a punch but was then pulled away from the exchange by umpire Rick DiBernardo.

Edoga didn't receive the personal foul that led to his ejection until he aggressively pushed away DiBernardo's hands.

Last week, linebacker Jabari Ruffin was ejected in the first half after stomping on the groin of Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick. Ruffin was issued a first-half suspension against Utah State for his actions and was required to write a letter of apology.

Edoga, a sophomore, is playing extensively while starting left tackle Chad Wheeler struggles with plantar fasciitis. The Trojans also are playing without starting center Toa Lobendahn, who is out for the season with a right knee injury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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